USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF cards?

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USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF cards?

Postby ninja6485 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:53 pm

I'm starting to run out of space on the CF card I'm using with my Akais, and my Emus.

Instead of getting a few more cards, I'm seeing these USB CF card readers for very little money, so I'm wondering:

Is it possible to just pick up a USB CF card reader and then use it to move the samples I'm not working with at the moment onto my computer, instead of either deleting them, or buying more cards? I would much rather have one or two cards and a digital archive than a stack of CF flash cards.

Is anyone doing this? Or will the computer be unable to see the drive due to its akai/emu format type?
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Re: USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF card

Postby Ashe37 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:35 pm

the computer wont be able to see anything on them unless you have something to read the appropriate format drive installed. Of course, much later devices can read pc formats...
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Re: USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF card

Postby ninja6485 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:12 pm

Hhhm, that's what I was afraid of. Rats!
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Re: USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF card

Postby meatballfulton » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:26 pm

What about trying software that can read Akai/Emu disks...like Chicken Systems.
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Re: USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF card

Postby Ashe37 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:54 pm

meatballfulton wrote:What about trying software that can read Akai/Emu disks...like Chicken Systems.


I've never tried it because oddly enough i got Translator after i sold my sampler.
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Re: USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF card

Postby ninja6485 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:35 pm

It's an idea, although it might be costly. I've also thought about the Linux DD copy command to create an archive, but I was hoping for more simplicity. I might juse get some more cards, at least in the meantime
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Re: USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF card

Postby jxalex » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:02 am

Is the problem solved by now? What AKAI model are you talking about exactly? In the user manual it is said which format it should be and its max supported capacity.

If not then I have some ideas:

1. what about trying?
can you read that CF card on your computer? If so, then just copy the files onto computer.
check also which filesystem type it appears. Is it FAT16 / FAT32 ?

2. get another CF card and format with the same file system as previous card (FAT16 or FAT32, you have to check it).
copy the same files to another card but just leave out some files... ;)
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Re: USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF card

Postby abruzzi » Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:09 pm

Well, his gear list shows Akai s5000, s2000, and s1000, and emu e6400 ultra. I know nothing about Akai, but the emu ultra can do FAT (16 I believe) so copying files off that should be no problem. If the Akais don't use fat, then dd should work, but you won't be able to use the contents on the PC, you'll just get a monolithic disk image. If the goal is to archive, then you're good, but if you want access to the samples, then Translator may be a better option.
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Re: USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF card

Postby meatballfulton » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:56 pm

You should look into EMXP which supposedly can read Akai S1000 and Emu formats via floppy emulators and convert them into SoundFonts.
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Re: USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF card

Postby ninja6485 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:01 pm

Ok, I'm unearthing this thread, as I've had another idea that could be an alternative to stacks of CF cards: stacks of SD cards.
I'm interested in the possibility of using an adapter like this:
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The main advantages are that SD cards are smaller and cheaper, and available around the corner. This could be a decent solution.

Has anyone tried an adapter like this with your samplers? And would a type I vs. A Type II CF adapter make a difference, or cause a compatability problem?
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Re: USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF card

Postby madtheory » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:32 pm

Yes I used one with the V-Synth. I went through two before finding one that worked with it. Sorry, I can't remember what the issue was!
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Re: USB CF card readers: an alternative to stacks of CF card

Postby ninja6485 » Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:21 pm

At least I know it can be done!
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